Meet The Staff

_K9B6007-EditSteven Crowder, Studio Supervisor

Steven Crowder grew up in South Hill, Virginia and moved to Nashville in 1997 after graduating in Music Business from Barton College. He began his professional career as an assistant engineer at Music Row’s Javelina Studios, housed in the former site of RCA Studio A.  Steven worked as an independent engineer/producer prior to joining the staff at Ocean Way Nashville in 2006. Steven has engineered projects for Willie Nelson, George Jones, Jimmy Buffett, and Vince Gill among others. His primary area of responsibility  include all things logistical and operational as they pertain to sessions at Ocean Way.

Sal Greco, Chief Technical Engineer

Sal began his career in New York City running sound for bands and recording them in his 4 trk studio. Later he began working at Electric Lady Studios 1977 to 1984 eventually becoming Chief Engineer. From there he was recruited to build and run Paisley Park studios for Prince as well as supporting the Purple Rain tour. He served as Chief Engineer at the studios until 1995 when he was tapped by Allen Sides and Gary Belz to become chief engineer at Ocean Way Nashville. There he oversaw construction and installation of the studios. When Belmont University purchased the studio in 2001 Sal stayed on to become the chief technical engineer of not only Ocean Way Nashville but also Belmont’s other 5 studios.

Zach Lizzio, Assistant Tech

Before calling Nashville home, Zach worked with Geoff Michael of Big Sky Recording in his hometown of Detroit Michigan. Zach credits Geoff as teaching him most of his engineering and technical skills in the 5 years he worked out of Big Sky. Throughout the years he’s worked with artists such as Steven Tyler, Rascall Flatts, Kacey Musgraves, Punch Brothers, and Lake Street Drive. Zach joined the Ocean Way team in August of 2016 and is now the Assistant Tech, overseeing studio maintenance at Ocean Way Nashville as well as all of Belmont’s studios campus-wide.

Pat McMakin, Director of Operations

With over 30 years in the music industry, Pat McMakin has worked successfully as a recording engineer, record producer, songwriter and GM of Sony Tree Studios and Tree Productions. He has worked with a wide variety of artists including Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Brooks and Dunn, Alabama, Brenda Lee, N’Sync, Steve Martin and countless others. McMakin has produced and engineered in a wide variety of musical genres including country, rock, pop, jazz and classical music. He was employed at Sony/ATV for over 25 years. In March of 2008, McMakin assumed the leadership of Belmont University’s Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios where he currently serves as Director of Operations.

Jessie WattsJessie Watts, Operations Coordinator

Jessie graduated from Belmont University in 2009.  After working for the Cooperative Centre for Study Abroad, the Internship Office and Office of the Dean for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business, she landed at Ocean Way in 2010 as the Operations Coordinator.  When she’s not at Ocean Way, you can find her singing back up, calligraphing, or planning her next adventure.